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2012 box office figures in Australia

From Screen Daily:

Australian box office up on 2011; down on 2010

28 January, 2013 | By

The people of Australia spent $1,173.2m (A$1,125.5m) on cinema tickets in 2012, a 2.8% increase on the previous year but about $7.6m (A$7.3m) less than they spent in a record-breaking 2010.

 It is the third consecutive year that annual revenues have exceeded $1bn.

The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) released the figures but, as usual, chose not to estimate admission numbers so early in the year.

It is likely that 85 to 90 million tickets were sold – the population is 22.9 million.

The five films that lead the pack in 2012 all grossed more than $30m:

  • The Avengers (Walt Disney);
  • Skyfall (Sony Pictures);
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros);
  • Ted (Universal);
  • The Hunger Games (Roadshow).

The next five all exceeded $20m:

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Hoyts/StudioCanal);
  • Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Fox);
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Paramount);
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox);
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Roadshow).

“Clearly 2012 benefitted from a tremendous mix of commercial and highly entertaining movies and consumers continue to demonstrate strong support for the timeless and unique appeal of going to the cinema,” said Marc Wooldridge, chair of the MPDAA, in a statement.

The managing director at Twentieth Century Fox Australia also said that Australia boasts some of the best cinemas in the world and a night at the movies continues to provide “a tremendous, good value, out-of-home experience”.

Of the 548 films (421 were new releases) that earned some money in 2012:

  • 231 (42.2%) were from the US
  • 63 (11.5%) from the UK
  • 43 (7.8%) from Australia
  • 211 from other countries.

According to government agency Screen Australia, the amount spent on tickets to the 43 Australian films was $49.8m (A$47.9m), which represented 4.3% of the total gross, and a few million dollars more than the five-year average.

The annual domestic share has not been higher than 5% for the past 10 years and no higher than 10% for the past 25 years.

The top grossing Australian film, The Sapphires, grossed $15.1m (A$14.5m). The others in the top five were Happy Feet Two, Kimderella, A Few Best Men and Mental.

Australia has 1,995 cinema screens and the MPDAA estimates that 72% of them are now converted to digital. Of these, 57% are 3D capable.

Wooldridge also noted that Australian exhibitors lead the world, on a per capita basis, on the number of screens accessible to disabled audiences.


The 2nd AACTA Awards kicked off today with a luncheon appropriately enough at the Star Casino in Sydney. The rain pelted down in weather blown down from the tornadoes in Queensland.
Producer Al Clark was presented with the prestigious Raymond Longford Award, also bestowed upon Pat Lovell producer of Gallipoli and Picture At Hanging Rock, who died last Saturday.
Clark was lauded by former employer Richard Branson and Stephan Elliott, director of the iconic Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which Mr Clark produced.
The highlight was MC Adam Elliot, who reminisced about winning an Oscar for Harvie Krumpet. He said that having ten seconds left in his acceptance speech, he gave a plug to its screening on SBS, which was known to the American audience as a Nederlands porn channel.

Film Vic Script Lab

From the Film Vic Industry News:

Thoughts from the Feature Film Script Lab

We love supporting writers to develop their craft and create great stories for the screen. Last week we ran a Feature Film Script Lab for Victorian practitioners to develop their projects with the help of local and international mentors including John Sayles, Maggie Renzi and Joe Forte.

Eight projects were selected for development from 75 expressions of interest, and as participants returned to their daily lives we asked them to send us their two favourite things about the lab. Here’s what some of them had to say: Continue reading Film Vic Script Lab